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Silver Threads: Making Wire Filigree Jewelry Paperback – August 29, 2006
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Top Customer Reviews
I cheated as well: filigree wire is next to impossible to find here in Australia so I used my ordinary twisted square wire from wire working (21 gauge) and it came out just beautiful.
If you have always wanted to make your own jewelry or want to make and sell filigree jewelry, this book has all the information you need to get started. The first few pages take you through a wide variety of jewelry from many countries. The hinged purse necklace in the shape of a heart is fascinating as are the butterflies that look like stained glass.
"Plique-à-jour is a variation on piercing where the pierced filigree is filled with transparent enamels. This technique produces the look of fine stained glass on a very small scale." ~ pg. 15
The tricky part of making this jewelry seems to be the removal of oxidation that forms during the heating process. The first chapter is essential to read more than once, maybe ten time...to make sure you know how to use the chemicals discussed. The author recommends you use Sparex - she says is in a granular form that can be added to hot water.
Items needed to begin making jewelry include a torch, soldering surface, pliers, jeweler's saw, ring mandrel, hammers, files, dust collectors, tweezers, etc. These are all listed with pictures and more information.
Project in this book include:
Fan Dangle Necklace
Winged Design (like on cover)
Once you read how jewelry is made it gives you an even deeper respect for the artisans who accomplish such mastery over silver enhanced with gemstones.
~The Rebecca Review
Lots of silversmithing books are on the market but, often, they leave something out and I am left wondering what to do next. This book is not like that. It should be clear to the beginner and an inspiration to the more advanced silversmith. I'm very glad I bought it.
There's plenty of eye candy here; photos are large, clear and abundant. Eye candy isn't what the book is about, though. Be sure to read the Basics and Tools and Supplies sections thoroughly. In them, you'll find detailed instructions of skills needed for successful filigree. Make some of your own, specialized tools, like a wire-measuring tool that's invaluable for speedily measuring lots of short lengths of wire. Rhodes-Moen shows you how to make your own filigree wire and even gives a diagram of a convenient workbench setup. The Shaping and Polishing section covers more necessities, and breaks those intricate filigree patterns down into their basic components.
As I expected, the projects were mostly pendants with earrings, a ring and a couple of necklaces thrown in. The last section even points you toward creating your own, beautiful designs. What a terrific resource!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the book. Was as seller described. Would order again.Published 1 month ago by Kathleen A Garcia
This is not an advanced book. The projects are a bit repetitive. The techniques are basic. The demo pieces are far from flawless. Read morePublished 6 months ago by W. Waychoff
Received my book today.
I was surprised to receive it on the earliest possible date !
I LOVE the book.. Ms Rhodes-Moen makes everything so clear and enticing.. Read more
Subject matter is great But book within a couple of months was in pieces just fell apart in my hands..Very poorly made!Published 11 months ago by D. Morris
I have yet to be this advanced ... But it gave me tons of idead for latter. SFPublished 12 months ago by Altaira